On October 31st, 2018, NUST MISIS hosted an “Open Rectorate” meeting with University management and students. Some of the main topics discussed at the event were the organization of practical trainings and internships, the employment of graduates, scholarship programs, and the integration of scientific and educational activities.
NUST MISIS has improved its position in the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings, taking 964th overall place among the 74 countries included. In terms of the “International Cooperation” indicator, NUST MISIS took 28th overall place among all the universities participating in the ranking.
NUST MISIS has improved its positions in the QS Emerging Europe & Central Asia Ranking (EECA), rising five positions from 57th to 52nd. For the 5th year in a row, the University has shown positive dynamics by improving its ranking, which is up 20 points since 2014. According to the results of the new ranking, NUST MISIS is now in the top 16% of universities from the 42 countries participating in the ranking.
On October 23rd, 2018, NUST MISIS hosted the first defense procedure of a candidate`s dissertation to independently award an academic degree. Ekaterina Fedotova defended her work not before the large Dissertation Council as usual, but before a specially formed commission consisting of specialists in her research field of “Metallurgy of technogenic and secondary resources”.
On October 26th, 2018, the NUST MISIS Physical & Chemical Department, the predecessor of the Institute of New Materials and Nanotechnologies, celebrated its 70th anniversary. Many outstanding scientists and educators who had tremendous influence on the development of national science, education and industry, have studied and worked here. Everyone whose life is inextricably connected to the Department gathered to celebrate their favorite department on its anniversary.
Russian chemists from NUST MISIS have developed a new hybrid catalyst for carbon monoxide oxidation consisting of hexagonal boron nitride and silver nanoparticles. This material makes it possible to get a full conversion of carbon monoxide at only 194 degrees Celsius. As stated in the Journal of Catalysis, this temperature is nowhere near the process’s record temperatures, but in the future, chemists can reduce the temperature of catalysis more by increasing the concentration of silver in the hybrid material.
A prototype of the aircraft of the future has been assembled at the NUST MISIS KINETICA High Complexity Prototyping Center at the request of the Russian company Bartini. The “air taxi” has even successfully passed several tests. Bartini plans to complete development and present the air taxi on the commercial market by 2020.
From October 16th to 19th, 2018, NUST MISIS hosted the 10th annual meeting of the NUST MISIS International Scientific Advisory Council (ISAC), which includes leading scientists from 8 countries representing prestigious universities like Cambridge, Stanford, Technion, and the University of Iowa, among others. Questions on how to improve existing academic programs and develop new programs were the main topics of this year’s meeting.
Young scientists from NUST MISIS and their colleagues from Lomonosov Moscow State University have proposed a system based on metal-polymer membranes to separate hydrogen from gas mixtures. The hydrogen concentration after the application of this innovative technology can be increased to a level that would significantly extend the life of fuel cells in environmentally friendly engines.
On October 12, 2018, NUST MISIS and Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University (Alanya, Turkey) signed an agreement on scientific and educational cooperation. This will give an opportunity to students and professors of both universities to participate in international exchange programs, joint projects, scientific seminars and conferences in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, business and tourism.
On October 18th, 2018, the grand opening of the newest NUST MISIS branch—the University`s 6th branch and 2nd one abroad—took place in Uzbekistan. Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Abdullo Khursanov, Chairman of the Board of Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical JSC, and Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISIS, took part in the opening ceremony. The main activities of the branch will be training highly-qualified engineering and technical personnel to solve important scientific & technological tasks for the Republic`s industry.
According to the QS BRICS-2019 Ranking, NUST MISIS has improved by 7 spots, now sitting at 54th among 403 universities participating in the ranking. NUST MISIS has also entered the top 14% of the best universities from the BRICS countries. Over the five years of participating in this ranking, NUST MISIS has shown incredible growth, rising 44 spots since 2014.
Scientists from the NUST MISIS Laboratory of Inorganic Nanomaterials together with their international colleagues have proved it possible to change the structural and conductive properties of nanotubes by stretching them. This can potentially expand nanotubes’ application into electronics and high-precision sensors such as microprocessors and high-precision detectors. The research article has been published in Ultramicroscopy.
From October 11th to 14th, 2018, NUST MISIS hosted the second International Congress of Students Organizations (MKSO-2018). More than 300 students from universities in Russia, Portugal, Armenia, China and other countries attended the event.